About Daphne Loveling:
I’m a small-town girl who moved to the big city as a young adult in search of adventure. I live in the American Midwest with my wonderful husband and the two cats who enslave us. Someday I hope to retire to a sandy beach somewhere, and continue writing novels with sand between my toes.</p>
<p>I’m a sucker for a bad boy with a soft center, so the alpha males I write about are tough, and struggle like h*** not to fall in love. But when they do, they’re all in!
What inspires you to write?
Oh, gosh, I think it’s because I’ve always been a voracious reader. I love discovering a new author whose writing really pulls at your emotions. It’s amazing to me that words can be so powerful. That’s what I strive to do in my books.
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to be a seat of the pants writer. I go in knowing who my main characters are, what their external goals are, what their inner fears are, and how they’re going to clash, even as they are falling for each other. Then, I let them take me where they want to go. I like to find photos of what I imagine my characters to look like, and have them on my wall for inspiration as I write.
<p>I make myself sit down to write at the same time every morning, and I don’t get out of the chair until I’ve done my word count for the day. My cat Petunia often helps me out by plunking herself right between my keyboard and my monitor. She doesn’t seem to realize she’s not transparent!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to them, for sure. I listen to the voices in their heads, and how they talk — the expressions they use, their accents, how they interact with others. I love the mystery of how each character’s unique personality comes out as I’m writing.
What advice would you give other writers?
The most important advice: Write. Just do it. Set a goal every day and do it. One page? Fine. 1,000 words? Great. Do it, no excuses. Books are written one word at a time.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish instead of going with a publisher for three reasons. One, there’s so much more freedom to choose your own path. Two, publishers take a huge cut of profits, and in many cases, it’s not clear that authors benefit all that much from their services in return. And three, it is MUCH easier for me to interact directly with my readers as a self-publisher. I don’t have anyone coming between me and them this way. It makes writing for a public so much nicer.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we are only seeing the very beginnings of the independent publishing phenomenon. So much changes, so quickly… and by and large, I think it’s great. It’s a revolution in writing and reading.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Bad boy romance (alpha males and the feisty females they can’t resist)
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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